Coach Bio 3
  • M. Kaeser
    Working with Michael McGinnis, he provided exceptional service. I highly recommend him.
    M. Kaeser
  • L. Arb.
    Michael McGinnis provided excellent job search and retirement planning advice.
    L. Arb.
  • J. Mahler
    My coach Michael McGinnis was very perceptive and was effective in jumpstarting my job search focus so kudos to him. Michael was prolific in sending out material that I found useful.
    J. Mahler
  • M. Alibhai
    Excellent guidance from my coach Michael who was always there to help with any questions I had. The professional resume consultation and updating LinkedIn profile session was also very helpful.
    M. Alibhai
  • T. Hall
    In the Midlands Tech/Bose Blythewood years that we worked together, I always knew there was something very special about you. I'm not talking about talent, exceptional expertise in your area, or your ability to put together excellent training. I see now what that was. It was your heart. That, my friend, is the best quality about you. You have lived a full life - excelling professionally and always caring more for others than for yourself. You have, and continue to, bless others.
    T. Hall
  • T&D Student - UCSD
    I really like how positive he was - Professor McGinnis was so engaged and supportive of everyone's input. He was super open to all questions and comments. He is clearly an expert in his field and I absolutely gained a lot of knowledge that I have already implemented in my career.
    T&D Student - UCSD
  • M. Ternavan
    1:1 with my career coach helped me keep focused and was always positive.
    M. Ternavan
  • T. Lauerman
    Michael McGinnis is a superb coach and mentor. He was encouraging and dedicated.
    T. Lauerman
  • A. Kaplan
    Mike is wonderful, and my time with you was emotionally supporting and informative
    A. Kaplan
  • M. Chevrie
    Michael McGinnis was an incredible coach. He was very Professional, helpful, encouraging, and an overall pleasant person to talk with.
    M. Chevrie
  • C. Dekker
    Michael McGinnis was a great sounding board
    C. Dekker
  • S. Hilsher
    "Michael's coaching and teaching skills have helped me further develop my leadership, facilitation, and coaching skills."
    S. Hilsher
  • D. Gibson
    "I would have to say that Michael makes a difference in every person he comes in contact with. He is able to transfer his energy and passion for learning and personal development into an individual or a large group."
    D. Gibson
  • K. Gordon
    "I would not be where I am today without the commitment to my development by Mike."
    K. Gordon

Coaching is an Art and a Science which takes years to master

As their coach, your job is to set the bar high, inspire them to reach this bar, encourage them, and most of all, guide them in the best possible manner and in the most supportive environment.
John Popovich

Effective Coaching is ultimately about forming a confidential, open, candid and trusting relationship with their client. The goal is to initially understand your situation, circumstances and challenges you are experiencing, along with your goals and aspirations. The focus then turns to define a realistic and actionable development plan to move you from current state to your desired future state, and then support you on your journey.

The difference between a good coach and great coach is their experience to educate, challenge, and inspire you to keep your forward momentum, along with strong and relevant experience in human development and the particular situation you are experiencing. When you bring a willingness to be an active participant, an open mind to break through old paradigms & beliefs, along with a sense of adventure, anything is possible!

Anyone today can call themselves a “coach”, but few have acquired the skills, knowledge, experience, knack, and people skills to both guide and challenge you. Great coaches never tell you what to do, or, say “I know the answer”. Instead they help you identify your what and why, and then guide you on the how. This way you own the discovery process, learnings & outcomes, and are more apt to put your learnings into action because they are YOURS, not mine.


Personally, my uniqueness comes from the years of being the coachee, focusing on my own development while working with amazing life/development/career/leadership coaches. This inspired me to become an educator/coach/mentor, based on a passion for helping others to grow and become their full potential. My experience allows me to integrate life, leadership, career and development coaching together as appropriate. It is a uniqueness I have discovered that allows me to focus more holistically (e.g. strategically) as well as tactical. For example, a career plan should be integrated with your life plan, along with a development plan to ensure your skills remain relevant and are consistent with the qualifications needed for your career objective.

Professionally, I have extensive training and certification in human and organizational development, coaching, mentoring, leadership development, personal growth & self-discovery. Having led the transformation of talent acquisition functions, I understand the modern day job search and tools needed to effectively navigate a career transition. My life coaching skills came largely as a result of the total transformation I made with my own life, which is the topic of my book on this topic (My story is an open book, literally, featured in my book, “Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery” (Balboa Press, 2014).

CAREER COACH – the career options today are enormous (Gig Economy, Portfolio Careers, Fractional CxO & more). The key is realizing what Bill Gates predicted many years ago, that we are all free agents, working as long as our skills are current and relevant and the company needs us. It is now inevitable that we will experience multiple job changes during our career, and should therefore plan for these, being proactive vs. reactive.

Along with the dramatic changes and dynamics of jobs today are the tools, methods, and approaches to a job search, which are very different today and continue to change. Having led the transformation of Talent Acquisition helps me to guide clients through the search process. I coach clients every day as a Career Coach at Lee Hecht Harrison, along with my own coaching practice, where I continually receive outstanding feedback.

LEADERSHIP COACH – As a leader, you evaluate your intentions, actions, & motivations, and you will question whether you lived up to the responsibility and accountability one assumes in these roles. Did you walk people off cliffs, or up mountains? Did you subscribe to values related to ego, selfishness, greed, or external power, or to ones that promoted a greater good for humanity, selflessness, caring, and compassion?

My work focuses on helping leaders to develop their “leadership foundation” or as I state, “developing leaders from the inside out.” See Leadership page. It is often a life-changing experience. It is nearly impossible to go backwards once you make this journey. You come to understand yourself in ways that are deep and profound, developing stronger beliefs & values along with a sense of meaning & purpose that drive you and your teams forward. You become a leader of the people!

I have spent most of my career researching leadership and practicing it as a senior leader in global organizations. My reputation is that of a passionate and effective leader, inspiring and influencing individuals and teams to strive for their best and achieve their own potential and being a great coach since I walked my talk.

LIFE COACH – the primary symptoms often relate to one or more of the following; unhappy; lack of motivation, meaning, purpose; feeling different, lost, confused; and/or living with fear. Our past may have been difficult and/or something within is calling us with deeper and more profound questions. We are seeking to understand and re-define our definitions of happiness, love, meaning and joy. We may be seeking to understand life itself and how we fit in, or simply understand why we lost our zest for life.

These are often the characteristics of the clients I work with. I have spent most of my life focusing on my own personal growth and self-discovery, feeling all the above symptoms; and now enjoy serving as an inspiration and guide for others on their own journey. This is the topic of my award-winning book, Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery, . See my Personal Growth Blog at:

COACHING SESSIONS – I typically work with clients for 6 weekly or bi-weekly sessions to have a solid job search plan in place. Sessions can continue on a as-needed basis to provide further support and guidance. In some cases sessions may continue for a longer period of time based on the situation and development needed.

I suggest and have mastered virtual meetings as the ideal way of conducting this work together. With a webcam to help make it personal, the convenience of you being at home or in your office and avoiding traffic and commute time, makes it so much more convenient and effective. I have been operating virtually for the past decade in my career.

Meetings are scheduled either using my on-line calendar, or at the end of each session. A virtual meeting link is sent along with access instructions.

Invoices are sent via Paypal following each session.

Thanks for your consideration,


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Email me at or call me at 619.663.4022